Commons:Copyright rules by territory/Montserrat

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Copyright rules: Montserrat
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Flag of Montserrat
Map of Montserrat
Durations
Standard Life + 50 years
Photograph Publish + 50 years
Anonymous Publish + 50 years
Other
Terms run to year end Yes
Common licence tags {{PD-old-auto}}
ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 MSR
Treaties
Berne convention 5 December 1887
Univ. Copyright Convention 27 September 1957
WTO member 1 January 1995
URAA restoration date 1 January 1996
WIPO treaty 14 March 2010

This page provides an overview of copyright rules of the Montserrat relevant to uploading works into Wikimedia Commons. Note that any work originating in Montserrat must be in the public domain, or available under a free license, in both Montserrat and the United States before it can be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. If there is any doubt about the copyright status of a work from the BVI, refer to the relevant laws for clarification.

Background[edit]

Montserrat was part of the federal crown colony of the British Leeward Islands from 1871 to 1958. The island became a province of the short-lived West Indies Federation from 1958 to 1962. Montserrat today is a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the House of Assembly.

As of December 2018 Montserrat continued to use the United Kingdom's 1956 Copyright Act.[1] The United Kingdom government holds a copy of this act as originally enacted.[2]

General rules[edit]

Under the Copyright Act 1956,

  • Copyright subsist­ing in a work ... shall continue to subsist until the end of the period of 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author died, and shall then expire.[1956 Sec.2(3), 3(4)]
  • If the work had not been made public before the death of the author, copyright shall continue to subsist until the end of the period of 50 years from the end of the calendar year which it was made public.[1956 Sec.2(3), 3(4)]
  • Where the first publication of a literary, dramatic, or musical work. or of an artistic work other than a photograph, is anonymous or pseudonymous, any copyright subsisting in the work ... shall continue to subsist until the end of the period of 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was first published, and shall then expire.[1956 2nd Sched. Sec.2]
  • The copyright in a photograph shall continue to subsist until the end of the period of 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the photograph is first published, and shall then expire.[1956 Sec.3(4b)]

Freedom of panorama[edit]

Shortcut
COM:FOP Montserrat

See also: Commons:Freedom of panorama

X mark.svg Not OK. The Copyright Act 1956 does not have provisions regarding freedom of panorama.

See also[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. Nerisaa Golden (3 December 2018). Montserrat Creatives at Risk With Archaic Copyright Laws, Says Attorney. Discover Montserrat. Retrieved on 2019-03-14.
  2. Copyright Act 1956. United Kingdom (1956).
Caution: The above description may be inaccurate, incomplete and/or out of date, so must be treated with caution. Before you upload a file to Wikimedia Commons you should ensure it may be used freely. See also: Commons:General disclaimer